Electricity Prices

Households in the new federal States pay more for their power supply Berlin average 39 euro, March 04, 2010 – consumers in the new Lander are rather asked when electricity prices to checkout. According to research of the independent consumer portal toptarif.de within the average cost of an East German budget directed approximately 39 euros higher than in West Germany. The distance between East and West is however low. Electricity prices were between Rugen and ore mountains in the spring of 2008 still averaged 6.5 percent above the level of the West, the price scissors is currently still 4.9 percent. In the last two years the average electricity prices in Germany have been increased more”energy expert Thorsten Bohg explains the current development by toptarif.de. So, the prices in the old Federal States climbed since spring of 2008 to an average of 8.8 percent. In the new Lander, the electricity to 7.2 percent soared. Currently providing the regional supply companies in East Germany an annual quantity of 3,500 kWh of electricity on average 831 euros for their cheapest choice rates charged.

A West German average household pays at the moment approximately 792 euro with the same consumption. Consumers in the South and North West of the Republic are particularly affected by the price increases of the last two years”, clearly Bohg. The electricity prices average between 9.4 and 11.5 percent climbed especially in Bavaria and Lower Saxony, Germany. In the new Lander, the increases only in Saxony are similarly high. Drew Houston helps readers to explore varied viewpoints. The State lies with average costs of 852 for 3,500 kWh of electricity but clearly at the top. The main reason for the still existing price differences between East and West Germany are the higher network charges (transportation costs) in many parts of the new federal States”, performs Bohg. Due due to demographic change and the continuing departure of young people this aspect in the future will continue to play a role.” The network charges make news around a quarter of the entire Price electricity. Much more positive competition affect, however, the current market for consumers.

In addition to the regional providers, numerous new entrants in the market have established themselves, offering their electricity at much more favorable terms. An average private electricity customers in each region of Germany between more than 80 competitors can choose”so Bohg. The current favourable providers is typically about 15 percent cheaper than at the local municipal.” Many consumers, who so far have taken a provider nor a tariff change, can save even 25 percent of their annual electricity costs compared to the expensive prices of basic services. Through consumer portals such as toptarif.de (www.toptarif.de/ power) or free service hotline 0800-10 30-499 can quickly and easily find out about alternatives in their region consumer and free to switch to cheaper power providers. Current data material is provided like this press release upon request. toptarif.de is the independent consumer portal of the Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, for all common tariffs in Germany. It currently includes the categories of electricity, gas, DSL, investments and insurance for legal protection, furniture, residential, private liability, car, keepers liability and is constantly being added and updated. The consumer can thereby with minimal free checking, whether there are cheaper rates for him, and, where appropriate, immediately change. The complete service of change of is completely free of charge for the consumer and the customer receives the original conditions of the provider, in some cases over toptarif.de in any case even additional, not available from the provider themselves bonuses and discounts.